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    you can take a hard drive and throw it into the freezer.. after its very cold, hook it back up. there is also software called "Get Data Back"

    they have it for fat32 and ntfs drives.

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    http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd3521

    works like a champ
    YEP, this software is the ****, I once wiped out my "My Documents" Partition - it had about 20gigs of my pics, with about 7000+ MP3s

    I got everthing back with this software

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    Hi
    I had a similar problem a while ago. I tried using ontracks data recovery but had no luck as the drive wasent even showing up in my computer so this is what i did
    Leave the drive alone for a couple of days and then hook it up as a slave and reformat it (ntfs, but remember what type of format it was previously most likly fat 32) tried using Ontracks data recovery Format revovery option nad got back over 80% of my work,

    Hope this helps, you could also tru the follwing shaking the hard drive hard, freesing it overnight as the last options only

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    There are three scenarios :

    1) Hard disk controller failure
    2) Controller halts self registering procedure due to a controller boot failure or because a monitoring parameter gone out of range
    3) Platter/motor/head physical damage that prevent the heads to align and thus the controller to complete the power on control sequence

    Since you probably opened the disk casing and found no evidence of physical damage of the platters and since the disk shows itself on the BIOS with a scrambled name, it is very possible that the controller is damaged. This could be a result of a power surge that caused firmware corruption. Your best chance is, as others already stated, to swap the controller with one from another IDENTICAL drive and test.

    DO NOT USE THE FREEZING METHOD before you make sure it isn't your controller's fault. The freezing method is used in cases of platter - head come in physical contact. The metals will shrink when become cold leaving space for the stuck head to move but only as long as the metals are cold. When the metals reach room temp again they will expand and create micro-fractures on every metal surface rendering your drive unusable and unrecoverable by ANY method.

    Keep us posted.

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    The clicking sound you dexribe sounds like the HDD is overheated. I oticed that many times with the IBM drives I have in my PC. Simple solution is to freeze the sucker and take care that it is ventilated enough. Afterwards hook it back up and you should be ready to go...
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    Don't forget that if you get a spec of dust on your playyer when replacing parts, you're going to have an entirely new problem. Plus, if there I micro-fractures on the platters from contact, you can't see them and your data is still probabaly gone.

    Hind sight is 20/20 but another lesson to back up important data. DVD media and drives are so cheap now. I have all critical files on DVD and my media files are all on my 30gig mp3 player (it's doeasn't like trying to play pictures and word documents but it will hold them.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgetimes2
    You might be able to swap parts with another IDENTICAL drive.
    NO
    Quick! To the Popemobile!

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    Had this problem before. 2 Solutions:
    1) Hit it on the side. THE SIDE. Not the top, or the bottom. THE SIDE. Hard. Several Times.
    2) Put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

    Not even joking, this will get your platters spinning again.
    You might wanna back up your data ASAP as it probably wont last long after this.
    Quick! To the Popemobile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BiohazrD
    NO
    Platter swapping has been done many times with identical drives.
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